Marian Central Catholic High School Remote Learning
April 30, 2020
Please review the following update regarding student incomplete assignments and grading. Thank you for continuing to support your students and our Marian Central Catholic Community.
In order to provide complete transparency and ensure that students are completely aware of what their grade would be if they do not complete missing assignments, we will begin converting all the incomplete grades to zeros, while keeping the incomplete annotation. Any missing assignments from March 16 through May 21 will remain zeros unless the student submits the assignment for a grade. If the student submits missing work before the deadline, the student will receive 100% of the earned grade for the assignment.
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April 17, 2020
Remote Learning Video Conferencing Etiquette-Expectations for all students when participating in Video Conference Sessions
Preparing yourself and your space
- Pay attention to your background: Make sure that there is nothing inappropriate or offensive behind you.
- Appropriate attire! Do NOT wear pajamas or any suggestive or offensive clothing.
- Situate yourself at a table or desk in a quiet place so you can easily take notes or refer to the resources that are necessary to participate in your class.
- Have a power outlet near your workspace so you can plug in if necessary
- Remove any distractions in your workspace that may tempt you to go off task
- Use your real name: Your teacher will not let you into the classroom unless s/he recognizes your name
- Have your video on: Your teacher needs to verify that it is really you and not a person that does not belong in the classroom.
While in the Virtual Classroom
- Be on time
- Be prepared for class. Have the necessary books and papers within reach
- Close unneeded applications on your computer to optimize the video quality
- Be present, both with audio and video
- Please don’t eat during class
- Always use your teacher’s proper title
- Stay engaged. Use the chat or raise hand feature to ask relevant questions
- Reread what you wrote before sending to check tone
- Avoid slang terms, abbreviations, or using all caps
- Have your audio on mute when you are not speaking
- Use the virtual “raise your hand” and wait to be called on before unmuting
- Use appropriate language and remember your manners
- Be cautious when using humor or sarcasm as tone is often lost in an email or discussion post, and your message might be taken seriously or sound offensive.
- Keep responses short and on topic, thus respecting all individuals in the room
- Be aware of your facial expressions, written and spoken words, and behaviors while on video. Do not be a distraction or class clown, as the teacher has the authority to “kick you out” of the class and will not count you “present”
- Be aware that live class sessions may be recorded and archived for other students to view
- Remember to sign out or “leave the meeting” when the session is finished
- First, in order to ensure that your computer is the most up to date, always restart your computer daily!
- Need technical support? Experiencing Sound Issues? Complete the following form and you will receive a response as soon as possible. Technology Assistance Request Form and Mrs. Varga or Mrs. Houk will help.
- Do not reveal personal information, either through visual or written communication
- Do not share the video invitation with anyone who is not part of the class
**Remember: These virtual classrooms are still Marian Central classrooms and therefore, students are to participate within the moral, spiritual, and behavioral codes that our school has set. Respect, honesty, courtesy, enthusiasm, and engagement are still expected by all participants.
This guide provides an outline of the shift in how we deliver instruction. Effective Monday, April 13th, we will be going to a rotational block schedule for online learning. This provides students with dedicated time with each of their teachers with no conflict with other classes, enough time to receive a variety of lesson deliveries, time to connect with their teacher, and an extended submission time to accommodate the various family and individual situations that many of us our facing at these unprecedented times.
Q) When should my assignments be posted? By 9:00 am each day
Q) How will assignments be sent to students? Teachers will be pushing out assignments via their chosen Learning Management System (LMS) such as Google Classroom, OneNote, etc. Teachers will (or already have) communicated this to their students.
Q) Are teachers accessible at all times during the day via electronic means? Teachers should have set “office hours” and posted them on their LMS. Though you can email teachers between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, students/parents may expect that there are times in which teachers may not be able to respond immediately because they may be teaching or communicating with other students. One could expect the teacher to get back within a reasonable timeframe.
Q) How does attendance work? When a student “submits” work to their teachers, this submission indicates to the teacher that the student was “present” and has participated in the class. It is expected that students make every attempt to participate in each class, but if there is some reason that they could not, they should reach out to the teacher to determine how to still fulfill their assignment and participation responsibility in order to be marked present.
Q) When should a student submit their assignments by? Students will now be able to submit their work anytime between when it was assigned and 9:00 pm the same day for attendance purposes.
Q) Do students have to participate when a teacher schedules live video conferencing? Students are expected to attend live classes during the assigned time that their teacher is holding them. If, on the outside chance, the student has a conflict, they must notify the teacher ahead of time. The teacher will have the ability to post recordings of the presentation for all students for future use at a later date, but it is always best, whenever possible, for a student to receive direct delivery of instruction.
Q) What if a student does not complete all of the learning activities? A student’s grade will be the same if they were in school and did not complete all of their work. It will either be marked as “missing” or “incomplete” until the student has completed the assignment.
Q) What if a student is taking too long to complete the activity that is assigned? It is assumed that students complete tasks at different rates, similar to when they are in school. Our teachers will be assigning a reasonable amount of work, based on what teachers have determined as an appropriate timeframe in which to complete the assignment. If your student is spending more that 30-40 minutes per subject on the independent work assigned by teachers, have the student first reach out to the teacher to determine if adjustments need to be made.
Q) Will students be graded during the school closure? As the Diocese of Rockford indicated earlier, Marian will be continuing to grade students on their work, continuing to assess their mastery of the standards set out by course objectives and standards. Per the ISBE though, the closure cannot negatively impact a student’s grades. With that said, Administration has recorded baseline grades for all of our students at the time the closure began and is continuously monitoring our student’s academic progress.
Q) What if my student is sick during this Remote Learning time period? Please communicate via normal channels (e.g.: reporting the absence on Marian’s Automated Attendant (338-4220 ext. 299 available 24 hours/day) prior to 9:30 a.m. Parents must call every day the student is absent, even when the illness continues for more than one day.
Q) Where can my student get technical support for their device? As we tell students during regular school days, the first thing we suggest is for the student to restart their computer, which often solves several problems. If that doesn’t solve the issue, any student needing technical support during the Remote Learning days should complete the following form and they will receive a response as soon as possible. Technology Assistance Request Form
Q) Will Invest in Kids scholarship recipients be required to take state assessments this Spring? State law requires Invest in Kids scholarship recipients to be assessed “in the same manner” as public-school students. As State assessments have been suspended, Invest in Kids scholarship recipients will not need to complete State assessments during the Spring 2020 testing window. ISBE is seeking relief from the evaluative study mandated by the Invest in Kids Act that is based on these assessments.
Q) Will the College Board still administer Advanced Placement (AP) Exams? For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam of 21 questions that will be administered. Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to, e.g.: computer, tablet, or smartphone. College Board will conduct standard-setting processes to set appropriately rigorous cut scores for AP scores of 3, 4, and 5. AP curricula are locally developed, and College Board defers to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating; College Board is using a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
Q) Should the students redo any work that received a lower than desired grade since the stay at home order took effect? It is up to the student what work they want to redo, but students are encouraged to take care of any incomplete grades first.
Q) What is the platform that will be used for the video conferencing? Will this be through Google Classroom, One Note, Zoom, Skype or other? Is there any special set up or log in that is needed? If/when teachers use a video conferencing tool, they have the option to use whichever program best suits their needs… e.g.: Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc. Teachers will provide information on how a student should log in ahead of the meeting time (typically the day before). Students do NOT need to have video conferencing accounts to participate in these meetings.
Q) Do you recommend getting a camera for the home computer to do video conferencing? The HP Laptop that the school has provided all students has both video and audio capability. Students are encouraged to use their school-issued devices. If students use another device, make sure you have both audio & video capabilities and they are turned on.
Q) Do the students need to be signed on and participating in the morning Mass and Adoration sessions, or is that optional? All of the spiritual events are optional and courtesy for our Marian families.
Q) It looks like the class sessions will go from 9am – 4pm, which is a long time to be sitting in front of the computer. Can the students take a break during the classroom blocks or must they remain seated at the computer the entire time? You will also see that there is a 15 min break between blocks and 30 min for lunch. Please know that during each of the blocks the teachers will have the autonomy to structure their 1.5 hours the way they feel best suits them and their course. Most likely teachers will not expect students to be actively video conferencing with them the entire time, in fact it is not encouraged. Instead, there will be some time for contact and some time for independent work.
** More Q/A will be added as new information becomes available